PM Modi’s Europe visit: Trade, Energy, Ukraine remained in focus

Modi, Macron called for “immediate end to suffering” of Ukrainians

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New Delhi: Trade, energy, and green technology remained the focus areas along with the situation in Ukraine and Indo-Pacific as Prime Minister Narendra Modi concluded his three-nation European tour on Thursday. In his 65-hour-long tour, he met 8 global leaders for bilateral meetings, attended 25 meetings to boost ties in a range of areas, and also took time out to interact and address the Indian diaspora in Berlin.

“PM @narendramodi’s 3-day, 3-nation tour was immensely productive. Advanced trade and investment ties — Forged new green partnerships — Promoted collaborations for innovation and skill development — Strengthened the spirit of cooperation with our European partners,” Arindam Bagchi, Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, tweeted.

The Prime Minister himself described his visit to France as “very fruitful”. Modi, who was in Paris for the final leg of his tour, held extensive talks with the French President Emmanuel Macron.

PM Modi’s visit comes amid the Ukraine crisis, which has united much of Europe against Russia. The Ukraine issue also figured prominently at the second India-Nordic summit attended by PM Modi and his counterparts from Finland, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

PM Modi has said that India believes no country will emerge victorious in the Russia-Ukraine war as all will suffer losses and there will be a “more serious” impact on developing and poor countries. PM Modi held “productive talks” with his Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen on Tuesday and also attended a business summit to discuss economic linkages.

The second India-Nordic summit primarily focused on post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change, renewable energy, and the evolving global security scenario. On the sidelines of the summit, PM Modi held separate bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Norway, Sweden, Iceland, and Finland.

On Monday, PM Modi met German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Berlin and the two leaders discussed key areas of bilateral cooperation under the overall strategic partnership, as well as regional and global developments. He also addressed the Indian community in Berlin.

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